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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Intel and Micron announce new 20nm NAND Flash manufacturing process originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:32 AM
Hertz launches hourly EV rentals in London, self-satisfaction comes free originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 01:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | TechCrunch | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:32 AM
Neonode's zForce optical touchscreens hitting ASUS tablets later this year originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 03:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.P! ermalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:21 AM
Windows 8 to feature USB-runnable Portable Workspaces, sales of 16GB thumb drives set to soar originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 07:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | WinRumors | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:20 AM
HTC Sensation versus the rest of the dual-core world: smartphone spec sheet smackdown originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | |&n! bsp;Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:20 AM
Thursday, April 14, 2011
...Even if it is just a prototype. In fact, it's a student's project from a Krakow fine arts university, which just goes to show that some of the best designs don't necessarily come from the R&D labs of tech companies.
Made from stainless steel and aluminum, the amplifier houses the various components in individual compartments, to avoid any possible electromagnetic interference. I'm not sure about the tech behind it—after all, this is just a prototype—but Mateusz Główka looks to be on the right career path. [Mateusz Główka via Yanko]
Posted by Augustine at 5:36 PM
Looking to remind people, hey, we made this thing, Microsoft's upcoming Kinect software development kit for the PC (which anyone can grab) will include a variety of features most hackers and code enthusiasts haven't been able to manage on their own.
One of those features is the ability for the camera to track the skeletal movements of two people, not just one. It'll also give people access to all four elements of Kinect's microphone, along with its noise cancellation features.
Other things you'll get with the software development kit (SDK) include a ton of documentation, speech recognition tools and "depth data, which provides the distance of an object from the Kinect camera".
So...you could jerk around with code the hard way, or grab this and let Microsoft do some of the work for you.
Before you ask if this will help, say, games, unless they're free the answer is "no", as the SDK can only be used for non-commercial purposes.
Posted by Augustine at 5:35 PM
Samsung's 11.6-inch Series 9 lands an Amazon pre-order at $1,149 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Amazon | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:29 PM
Kogan's Agora Internet TV Portal promises Android Market access, our LCDs remain skeptical originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Kogan | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:29 PM
OmniVision's new 12MP CMOS sensor shoots RAW pics and 1080/60p video, looks for smartphone home origin! ally app eared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista | Omnivision | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:28 PM
MSI's Fusion-powered X370 laptop gets $579 price tag, hits Amazon and Newegg originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Laptoping   ;| Amazon, Newegg | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:27 PM
BMW and Siemens partnering for wireless-charging EVs, cutting the cord this May originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink E90Post.com Forums | Siemens | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:27 PM
Digital photo sharing is nice and everything, but nothing beats a printed memory delivered to your home. Postagram, from the makers of the popular photo sharing Instagram app, makes it easy to send photo postcards from your iPhone or the web.
The Instagram social photo app is pretty neat, and real-world photo sharing via Postagram sounds like a cool idea as well.
Postagrams are thick, high-quality photo postcards that can be delivered anywhere in the world (in the US, it'll take 2-5 business days; internationally, a bit longer). You can add an optional 140 character message and the Instagram photo can be popped out of the postcard by the recipient.
You can create your Postagram from the free iPhone app or the web app. It seems like an ideal app for sending customized vacation postcards or just a short and sweet message — one that your friend or loved one can actually hold and display. And it's just under a buck.
Update 2: Register for an Instagram account to use the web app (thanks computergeny!) — but you'll still need an iOS device to take the pics.
Posted by Augustine at 12:37 AM
What you're looking at are neurons grown from a schizophrenic person. An incredible study, published today in Nature, reveals how scientists grew schizophrenic brain cells to understand the inner workings of this still-mysterious neurological disorder.
A team of scientists from research institutes across the US collaborated to conduct this first-of-a-kind experiment. Schizophrenia is known to be an inherited, genetic disease in the majority of cases, and the researchers drew their samples from the skin of four people with clearly inherited schizophrenia. Three were from families where one parent and all their siblings were also schizophrenic, and one had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 6. Then they then "reprogrammed" these cells to become stem cells, then neurons, creating small colonies of cells whose genetic profile exactly matches schizophrenic neurons.
Find out what they discovered over at io9.
Posted by Augustine at 12:28 AM
The BlackBerry PlayBook isn't just the third major tablet platform to launch, or the first one to deeply poke at figuring out why 7-inch tablets should exist—it's literally the future of BlackBerry, since the QNX-based OS is going to be the gooey software heart of BlackBerry phones in the next year or so. This is not a bad thing.
The first thought that'll ripple through your crinkly brainfolds: "Man, it's tiny." It's also pleasantly minimal, the face a buttonless void. It's a real-world manifestation of the archetypal black slate. Which sounds boring as balls, but it's not, because there's a fairly remarkable precision in the way it matches what you expect a tablet to feel like. Cut like a tall paperback, but just a hair or seven thicker than an iPad 2 (and half as thick at the latest BlackBerry), it's less than a pound. The back is just rubbery enough to feel grippy, but not so rubbery it feels gross. The screen, bright and pop-y (and glosssssy), just a shade short of killer.
PlayBook is the most thoughtful product that RIM's put out in a long time. A BlackBerry has never been this smooth or fluid. It has the best multitasking of any tablet out so far, both in terms of straight-up ballsiness (you can pump 1080p video out to an HDTV via HDMI while dicking around in another app or two back on the tablet and everything runs neatly) and the UI, which it borrows liberally from Palm's webOS. In an app, swiping up from the bezel pulls up the desktop/card view, where you can switch to a different app, or close them by flicking up on card. (Or you can switch directly from app to app by swiping from the left or right bezel. Swiping from the top bezel works like the menu button in Android—sometimes it pulls down additional options or features within the app, sometimes it doesn't.) You can choose how you want to multitask: Full-blown, every app stays open till the PlayBook has to kill them, or the default, where apps pause and resume, like the iPad and Android 3.0. Notifications inobtrusively hang out at the top of the screen.
Price: $500-700 Wi-Fi
Screen: 7-inch, 1024x600
Processor and RAM: Dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4430, 1GB RAM
Storage: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
Camera: Rear: 5-megapixel, 720p video; Front: 3MP
Weight: 0.9 pounds
The most controversial thing about the PlayBook is that it doesn't have independent, native apps for mail, contacts and calendars. Instead, you've gotta "bridge" via Bluetooth to a BlackBerry phone to get all that stuff on the PlayBook. The first-time setup is a little obtuse, with a QR code—and tethering for internet access through your BlackBerry requires a separate action—but everything from your BlackBerry shows up on the PlayBook, in fresh, tablet-ized apps that are clearly inspired by the iPad. It may be a security feature according to RIM but to everybody else, it's just ridiculous. If you don't have a BlackBerry or your phone runs out of juice, well, you don't have access to those apps. Nightmare scenario: Your phone dies, there's no Wi-Fi, and you need a contact's info. You're hosed.
The not-so-secret secret about tablets right now is that everything comes down to the apps. And, well, the app situation is, uh, complicated. RIM says it'll have the most of any tablet at launch, with 3000. Most of what I've seen so far in the beta App World is junk—possibly it still has some issues making it hard to find good apps. RIM's offering like a billion different ways for developers to get onto the tablet—AIR, WebWorks, a native SDK, even Android apps (one day). Some of the built-in apps, like Weather and App World, are actually written in AIR and feel fine, no less "native" than the slick little port of Need for Speed, which is promising. But it's hard to tell what the app situation is gonna be like, ultimately (this dims my hopes a bit).
In the meantime, RIM's pushing the PlayBook's browser as the solution to all its problems, like no native mail app and the lack of apps like Facebook and Twitter at launch—there's even Facebook and Twitter "apps" in the app menu, but they're just bookmarks. The PlayBook's browser isn't bad—it scores 100 on the Acid3 test, and the Sunspider benchmark is just a shade slower than the iPad 2 at 2338.8ms to 2121.0ms, for instance. But it's not a desktop class browser, either (even though in-flight Wi-Fi made me pay $10 like it was a laptop =( ). Facebook is fine, but the standard Twitter page it links to barely works. I don't love the font rendering, and pinch-zooming occasionally shoots you to a different section of the page. You've basically gotta wait for the whole page to load before you start moving around. With Flash, I could watch Amazon Prime streaming, at least until an HD stream kicked in, and then it got super laggy. Even though the standard YouTube site with Flash works, it's not exactly a joy to use either. Which is basically how I'd describe Flash on the PlayBook: It works, better than any other mobile device, but I still clench my asshole every time I have to deal with it.
For being so small, it's got tons of muscle, like a freaky little dude on 'roids. Everything's fast and silky. (Apps typically take a second longer to start up than they should, though.) It runs a solid handful of apps (simultaneously, if you want) without going catatonic. Awesome multitasking UI. The battery life is legit all day long. The screen is super solid. Stereo audio. The front camera is mega-awesome, compared to every other tablet and phone's front camera (sample in the gallery). You can dump music and photos and other files onto the PlayBook via Wi-Fi (though I had to manually plug in the IP address and mount it on a Mac).
There's a whole lot of stuff that's still not there, or on RIM's list of "coming soon": No Android apps yet. You can't create custom app categories. There's no universal search to quickly find apps. You can't re-arrange your open app cards. Half the time you try to touch a link in the browser, you don't know if you touched it correctly or not—the feedback isn't fast enough. Not a fan of the App World or Music Store interfaces—they feel cramped, and it seems hard to find good stuff. Needing to tether to a BlackBerry to use native mail, calendar and contacts apps is annoying, and potentially deal-breaking any way you slice it. (You have no mail, calendar or contacts stored on the PlayBook if you're not tethered!)
In a lot of ways, the PlayBook is more polished and usable in its beta state than the Motorola Xoom, and it's straight-up the best seven-inch tablet out there (though in the tango between between portability and size, I think 10 inches is still the best). At the same time, I don't think anyone should buy it right now—BlackBerry user or otherwise—for at least a few months, to see if the platform has enough legs to carry itself to where it needs to be. If the apps do arrive to fill in the gaps, then the PlayBook is totally going to be a tablet to check out. The foundation is solid—I can't wait to see the first phones running this software—it just needs some stuff built on top of it before you can decide whether or not you should move in.
Posted by Augustine at 12:27 AM
Elitegroup Elitepad S10 Windows tablet graces the FCC, could still use a makeover originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Wireless Goodness | FCC | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 12:25 AM
Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope -- a collaboration with NASA that explores high-resolution photos and 3D renders of the cosmos -- was already pretty cool, but Redmond upped the ante to incredible with the addition of a Kinect depth camera at MIX 11. Using a piece of software created with the company's upcoming Kinect SDK for Windows, Microsoft gave us a virtual tour of Earth and the surrounding stars, guided by a deep-voiced narrator holding the whole world in his hands. Of course, you'd already know that if you watched the video above, so what are you waiting for? Oh, and we've got more MIX video on the way, so stay tuned.
Myriam Joire contributed to this report.
Microsoft's Kinect navigates the universe thanks to Windows SDK (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 12:24 AM
Gallery: Sharp LC-70LE732U
Gallery: Sharp LC-70LE732U hands-on!
Sharp's new 70-inch LCD HDTV is definitely bigger than the one your friend just bought originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 12:23 AM